About Us


Welcome to Underdown, Ball & Associates, LLC – a full service real estate company specializing in appraisals, brokerage and property management in northwest North Carolina. We’re committed to providing professional and accurate services that enable our clients to make knowledgeable and informed real estate decisions.


Robert Ball

Robert Ball, Partner, has 18 years of experience as a General Appraiser and real estate Broker at UnderdownBall, and most recently became Broker-In-Charge. He is a Candidate for Designation with the Appraisal Institute. Prior to entering the field of real estate, Robert worked in the retail investment and banking industry at First Union/Wachovia/Wells Fargo in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. A graduate of Appalachian State University, Robert received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Currently, he serves as a Town Commissioner for the Town of Elkin and is on the governing board of the Elkin Valley Trails Association. Robert has also served on the Town of Elkin Planning Board and Board of Adjustments and on the Elkin Advisory Committee of the Winston-Salem Foundation.


Bob Ball

Bob Ball, Partner, has 20 years of experience as a General Appraiser and real estate Broker with UnderdownBall. Prior to entering the field of real estate in 1999, Bob served as President of Elkin Valley Apparel Co., Inc. for 23 years. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Operations. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and has previously served on the boards of Surry Community College and the local advisory board of BB&T. He has also been involved with the Elkin/Jonesville Rotary Club as a member and Past President.


Eris Ball

Eris Ball is a licensed real estate broker and assists with property management, marketing and office administration at UnderdownBall. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Eris received a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in communications with a concentration in public relations. With 12 years corporate experience, Eris previously worked in communications at United Parcel Service in Charlotte and RF Micro Devices (now Qorvo) in Greensboro. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Elkin Public Library as well as the Board of Trustees for Elkin FUMC. From 2009-2015, Eris served on the board of the Foothills Arts Council.


Claire St. Cyr

Claire St. Cyr, the newest Broker to join the team at UnderdownBall, brings over 10 years of experience in marketing and property management to her role.  A graduate of Wingate University, Claire earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing and began her career with a prominent builder and developer in Southwest Florida.  Claire also currently holds the position of Director of Operations for The Bonanza Group, LLC, a local company focused on real estate development, historic renovations, and small business investing and consulting.

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Our History

In April 2014, Underdown, Ball & Associates, LLC, a local real estate service provider, acquired Jack A. Underdown, Inc., a long-time real estate company focused on commercial and residential sales and property management in the Elkin area. This acquisition built upon UnderdownBall’s established commercial and residential appraisal business acquired from Jack A. Underdown, Inc., in 2005, and further strengthened the Company’s real estate portfolio to include brokerage and property management. UNDERDOWNBALL is uniquely positioned as a full service provider for all commercial and residential real estate needs.

Jack A. Underdown, Inc., was founded in the 1960s by Jack Underdown, a prominent leader and educator in the real estate industry. Jack passed away in May 2012. He was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College and studied Real Estate Appraisal at the University of Connecticut, University of Virginia, University of Indiana and Purdue University. Jack was a lecturer for Appalachian State University, the NC Savings and Loan Academy, Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Lenoir Rhyne College, Queens College and the Appraisal Institute. Other highlights of his life include serving as Chair of the NC Real Estate Appraisal Board, Appraiser of the Year Society of Real Estate Appraisers ’80, Past President of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers-Piedmont Chapter, Past Vice Governor District 14, Past President of the Surry County Board of Realtors, President of the Elkin-Jonesville Board of Realtors, being chosen Young Man for the Year/Distinguished Service Award from the Elkin Jaycees, served as Elkin Town Commissioner, Mayor of the Town of Elkin, and Completed more than 35 years of service in 2008 as the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board for the Town of Elkin. He was an Eagle Scout and Scout leader, a master real estate appraiser, expert witness and commercial real estate broker.

Historical Photo

Jack Underdown (far right) pictured with two partners in the early days of the company.